May 3

Life With God Comes First: Silence

“He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.’
The Lord Almighty is with us;
The God of Jacob is our fortress” 
(Psalm 46:10-11)

We live in a world of noise. We’re pummeled with advertisements. Our drive has to have music or news or sports. We can’t go to the grocery store without grabbing headphones. I’m as guilty of this as anyone. But how can we listen to the shepherd’s voice when we have headphones on?

I believe God speaks to us in many ways, including actions and circumstances and his Word. But he’s also the God who speaks in a gentle whisper, and we have to have quiet to hear whispers.

I’ve tried it, though! I sit quietly, and my mind goes in 20 different directions. Chores. Lists. Work. Worry. Tangents. “Is someone cooking burgers?!” Rabbit trails… It’s almost like someone doesn’t want me to be still and silent. As my favorite theologian Frederick Buechner says, “We are none of us very good at silence. It says too much.”

But we ought to try. Because God’s voice is a comfort and font of wisdom, and I don’t want to miss it because of the world’s noise.

Action: For one whole day, intentionally create space for stillness—silence. Don’t turn the radio on in the car. Don’t turn the TV on for background noise. Be still and listen.